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UCD Office of Research Ethics

An Oifig Eitic Thaighde UCD

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UCD is a research-intensive University and it is essential that our research meets with the highest standards of integrity and best practice. Compliance with the best ethical standards is a key component in achieving this. The current UCD Research Ethics Approvals System was established in 2004 and is an internationally recognised system for reviewing research involving human participants and animals. All ethical reviews are conducted using this system.  The ethical reviews are carried out by the UCD Research Ethics Committees and are conducted in accordance with internationally accepted best practice and ethical norms.

The are four Research Ethics Committees and each of them are committed to ensuring that the research activities in UCD are carried out to the highest standards and in a way which respects the dignity, rights, and welfare of subjects, and which minimises risk to subjects, researchers, third parties, and to the University itself.

Ethical reviews are undertaken by either of the Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC) or the Animal Research Ethics Committee (AREC)  
See Committees for more information.

What does the Office of Research Ethics do?

  • Supports researchers through the ethics review process, from the preparation of a protocol submission to the review of research and any subsequent requests for approval of amendments;
  • Provides an Ethics Advisory Consultation for staff and students;
  • Facilitates the review process conducted by the UCD Research Ethics Committees;
  • Develops and implements policies and procedures in compliance with national and international guidelines;
  • Provides seminars, presentations and workshops on research ethics and related areas.


UCD Research Ethics - International

USA: Federalwide Assurance (FWA)

The UCD Human Research Ethics Committees (HREC Sciences & Humanities) are registered with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The OHRP provide approval for human subjects research conducted or supported by the HHS for international (non U.S) institutions and also provide approval for Federalwide Assurance (FWA). The FWA is an assurance of compliance with the U.S federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research. The UCD HREC submission for Federalwide Assurance has also been approved and is valid until June 2022.


For support, advice and guidance please see Further Resources for more information.